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Report: Timberwolves tried to dump J.J. Barea on 76ers in Kevin Love trade

Aug 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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For the Timberwolves, trading Kevin Love was about both gaining positive assets and shedding negative ones.

Minnesota definitely added positive assets (Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young), and the Timberwolves still dropped negative ones (Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved).

But Mbah a Moute and Shved weren’t the only veterans Minnesota wanted to dump on the 76ers. The Timberwolves tried – and failed – to unload J.J. Barea.

Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune (hat tip: James Herbert of Eye on Basketball):

They’ll try to trade him — they tried to get Sixers to take him with no luck — but if that doesn’t happen, they’ll buy him out, I’d think

Philadelphia could have also taken Barea in the trade either in addition to Mbah a Moute and Shved or in place of one of those players. But it’s a credit to the negotiating ability of Sam Hinkie over Flip Saunders that it didn’t happen that way.

Barea is the least valuable of the trio. Though all three players have expiring contracts, Barea is the oldest and highest-paid. None of the three can be counted on to contribute much on the court.

Mbah a Moute, a mentor of Joel Embiid and fellow Cameroonian, hold particular value to Philadelphia for his ability to help the No. 3 pick. There’s always a chance Shved, 25, reverses his backward career trajectory after a promising rookie year led to a worse second season.

But the best days of Barea, 30, seem behind him.

Still, I’d be a little surprised if the Timberwolves waive him – unless he gives them a deal on his buyout. Minnesota has 15 guaranteed contracts, so the roster limit isn’t a huge concern. Barea’s $4,519,500 expiring contract could facilitate a mid-season trade, but that option is off the table if he’s cut.

The Timberwolves clearly don’t see a use for Barea, but his contract could still be useful in another trade. Waiving him is always an option past the trade deadline.

  1. campcouch - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Maybe they should’ve did their woodshedding and researched these players before signing them. It’s like they were just happy that someone showed up there and gave them a contract. That’s one payday I missed out on.

  2. tomasekradek - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    If all of them are expiring, none of them makes much on court impact and Barea is highest paid, then it means he is the most valuable, don’t you think?

  3. mungman69 - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I think that the Sixers plan to play the guys that they received but they have no plans for Beroa. The Sixers need a shooting guard badly, hell, they need a lot. They just don’t want any 30 year old.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    JJ Barea is the Flopping King. What he does is just shameful. I can’t blame Andrew Bynum for giving him a cheap shot.

  5. lunds007 - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Don’t get all the Barea hate.?.? He has been a good player for the Wolves and an offensive spark off the bench.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      It’s cause they thought he would lead them to a championship like he did with Dallas.

      His wife is smoking hot too. That could be another reason for all the hate.

  6. kamauthabiti - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Minnesota like Houston just grabs and overpays players that have one good year with another club, hell their entire roster, prior to this coming year is made up of a bunch of little Bareas’ to a bunch of big Bareas’, and no franchise players.

    • jollyjoker2 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      that was old regime – and a correct version. I want to see young players on the upside – Twolves should be good in a few years.

  7. muhangis - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    Man short players just can’t buy respect! Barea isn’t valuable? Just look at his #’s and production last year and over his career, within his playing time. And it’s not like he’s a granny either.

    He’ll be 30 next season

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